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ANZ Seeds of Renewal

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2002, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.

For the last few years, the program has focused specifically on enhancing education and employment opportunities in rural, regional and remote areas, with consideration given to projects that benefit communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people.

Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits at least $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations for projects focused on these areas.

This year Lenovo also donated up to $30,000 worth of laptops and tablets to eligible community projects. This meant community groups could apply for a grant or for IT support.

Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

  • Providing certified training courses at local community centres
  • Developing facilities or equipment for educational purposes
  • Developing and implementing programs which address school attendance or expand the curriculum on offer
  • Supporting programs that help people to prepare for employment or return to education
  • Supporting programs which help people to learn new skills and knowledge
  • Developing micro-business or social enterprises which help to create employment


The 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program will open in early July.

Read about the recipients of 2015 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grants.

Applications are invited annually for this program from not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate which contribute to the development of education and employment opportunities of communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer.

While it is not part of the assessment of the grant applications, ANZ also welcomes information about any opportunities that may be available for ANZ staff to become involved in the project, by volunteering their time to assist rural and regional not-for-profit organisations.

If your organisation is located less than one hour’s drive from the closest ANZ branch and would be interested in hosting an ANZ regional staff member as a skilled volunteer, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

Your organisation’s details will be passed onto the local ANZ Regional Executive if your organisation is successful in obtaining a grant.

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Further information

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss your project first, please call 1800 170 020 during business hours.

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